Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Prison Grievances: Showing Prisoners How to Write Effectively

I have received my copy of Terri Leclercq’s new book, Prison Grievances: When to Write, How to Write. Here is a description:

This entertaining and educational graphic novel teaches inmates how to think through a jail or prison problem and then write a grievance about it. Written with 5th-grade vocabulary and syntax, it engages readers with plot and character development. Grievances must conform to the stringent rules of the federal Prison Litigation Reform Act and the rules of particular jails or prison systems. This novel teachers those rules. It also warns against frivolous and malicious filings. Endorsed by Sister Helen (Dead Man Walking) and over 700 human and civil rights groups, this much-needed novel is priced just right--and needed right now. 

Wehen I was in law school at the University of Texas (before Terri’s time there), I spent a summer working in a federal prison. I saw how limited prisoners were in being able to access information and in being able to express themselves in writing. Terri’s book makes a great contribution. You can learn more on her blog, here. You can also learn how to make a financial contribution that will permit sending more copes to prison libraries.



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